Where Are You Going?

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For many people, deciding on a career can feel like taking a journey without either a map or a destination.  Eventually, with some advice and direction, a little exploration, and maybe a dead end or two, you begin to get a sense of where you’d like to go and how to get there. Whether you’re just starting out or picking up a new career in mid-life, Victoria College offers programs, courses, and services to help you find your path and get to your goal.

Good advice and good resources are the best road maps. VC’s Advising & Counseling Services can help you explore your options and get started on a plan of action. Academic advisors will help you choose the right classes to meet your goal.

VC’s associate degrees, certificates, and workforce training programs are some of the best vehicles around for taking you to your career destinations. In a year or less, a certificate or workforce training course can get you into a job. In two years, an associate degree can move you a little farther along your career path. Transferring to a four-year college will take you even farther.

Map out your options by taking a look at VC’s areas of study listed below. Then, visit VC’s online Career Coach  to do more in-depth research on local career options. And when you’re ready to plan your career road trip, visit VictoriaCollege.edu to find out how to get started. Give Victoria College a call at (361) 573-3291 for answers to your questions. CF

Areas of Study

Business Management

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Business Management
Business Management Skills Certificate
Business Management Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work in managerial positions in various industries and businesses such as retail stores, financial institutions, and manufacturing facilities

Estimated Salary Range*

$30,000  to $60,000

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Computer Information Systems — Networking

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Personal Computer & Local Area Network Technician Certificate

Prepares you to 

Get an entry-level job as a PC technician, network technician, LAN administrator, telecommunications technician, wireless network technician, or LAN security technician

Estimated Salary Range*

$29,000  to $75,000

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Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Criminal Justice

Basic Peace Officer Course Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as a law enforcement officer, correction officer, probation officer, or loss prevention specialist

Estimated Salary Range*

$26,000 a $50,000

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Electrical

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Electrical Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as an electrician: install and maintain electrical and powering systems in homes, businesses and factories

Estimated Salary Range*

$26,000 to $61,000

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Electronic Health Records+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Electronic Health Records Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as an electronic health records analyst: evaluate filing systems and equipment and maintain database records according to information management theory

Estimated Salary Range*

$15,000 to $33,000

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Electronics Technology

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Electronics Technology

Electronics Technology Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as an electronics technician: install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and replace electronic equipment to ensure safety and quality

Estimated Salary Range*

$32,000 to $71,000

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Emergency Medical Services++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree — Emergency Medical Services

EMT— Basic Certificate

EMT— Intermediate Certificate

EMT— Paramedic Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as an emergency care attendant, emergency medical technician or a paramedic

Estimated Salary Range*

$17,000 to $40,000

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Firefighting++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Fire Science

Basic Firefighter Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as a firefighter: contain and put out fires in a variety of structures and extinguish wildfires

Estimated Salary Range*

$24,000 to $48,000

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Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

HVAC Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as an HVAC technician: install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

Estimated Salary Range*

$23,000 to $40,000

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Instrumentation

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Instrumentation

Instrumentation Certificate

Measurement Technician Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as an instrumentation technician: set up, test, and operate instrumentation and electronic devices, such as pressure gauges, speedometers, and radiation detection devices

Estimated Salary Range*

$32,000 to $71,000

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Insurance Coding+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Insurance Coding Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as an insurance coder: translate a patient’s medical diagnosis into universal codes so that hospitals and insurance agencies can communicate about what specific medical services were performed on patients

Estimated Salary Range*

$15,000 to $33,000

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Medical Assisting+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Medical Assisting Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a medical assistant: keep offices running smoothly by assisting with patient check in, x-rays, and medical files

Estimated Salary Range*

$15,000 to $30,000

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Medical Laboratory Technology++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree — Medical Laboratory Technology

Prepares you to 

Work as a medical lab technician: perform routine tests on blood and other body fluids to help diagnose a disease and monitor treatment effectiveness

Estimated Salary Range*

$38,000 to $50,000**

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Medication Aide+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Medication Aide Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a medication aide: administer prescribed medicines to residents of long-term care facilities and monitor for adverse reactions to medicines

Estimated Salary Range*

$22,880 to $27,040**

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Millwright

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Millwright Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a millwright: assemble, maintain, and disassemble machinery in factories and other industrial settings

Estimated Salary Range*

$26,000 to $67,000

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Nursing+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Nursing++
LVN-ADN Transition Program++

Vocational Nursing Certificate++

Nurse Aide Training Course+ WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a registered nurse (RN) to provide care for patients through assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation

Work as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) to help care for ill or injured people and perform health maintenance duties under the supervision of RNs or physicians

Work as a nurse aide: perform basic nursing care, such as bathing, feeding, and grooming, under the direction of a nurse

Estimated Salary Range*

$34,000 to $67,000

$25,000 to $42,000

$14,000 to $22,000

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Pharmacy Technician+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Pharmacy Technician Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Help pharmacists prepare prescribed medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties in a pharmacy

Estimated Salary Range*

$19,000 to $32,000

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Phlebotomy+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Phlebotomy Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a phlebotomist: collect blood specimens for lab tests

Estimated Salary Range*

$15,000 to $30,000

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Physical Therapist Assistant++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Physical Therapist Assistant

Prepares you to 

Work as a physical therapist assistant: provide patient treatment, such as mobility exercises and functional training

Estimated Salary Range*

$40,000 to $73,000

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Pipefitting

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Pipefitting Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a pipefitter: lay out, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems, supports, and other related equipment

Estimated Salary Range*

$22,000 to $47,000

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Process Technology

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Process Technology

Prepares you to 

Work as a process technician: control the production of products from their raw material stage to their final production stage in a variety of process industries

Estimated Salary Range*

$31,000 to $78,000

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Professional Office Technology

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Professional Office Technology

(Specialize in Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant, or Medical Office)

Professional Office Technology Certificate

Prepares you to 

Work as a receptionist, secretary, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, or accounting clerk to help keep offices running smoothly

Estimated Salary Range*

$14,000 to $34,000

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Real Estate

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Real Estate Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a real estate broker or sales agent: buy and sell property for clients

Estimated Salary Range*

$15,000 to $42,000

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Respiratory Care++

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

AAS Degree – Respiratory Care

Prepares you to 

Work as a respiratory therapist under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders

Estimated Salary Range*

$35,000 to $56,000

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Truck Driving+

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Truck Driving Training Course WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a commercial truck driver: transport supplies, equipment, and finished goods from one point to another so they can be distributed, bought, or sold

Estimated Salary Range*

$19,000 to $46,000

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Welding

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Degrees, Certificates, & Courses

Basic Welding Certificate

Advanced Welding Certificate

Welding Training Courses WCE

Prepares you to 

Work as a welder: meld metals together to produce products for construction and fabrication industries

Estimated Salary Range*

$24,000 to $47,000

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Gainful Employment Information

As required by federal law, gainful employment information for all of VC’s certificate programs is available on the VC website. To learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed a certificate program, and other important information about VC’s certificate programs, please visit our Gainful Employment website.

Credit Programs

Victoria College’s credit programs lead to a degree (AAS, AA, or AS), certificate, or academic transfer.

Workforce & Continuing Education (WCE)

VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department offers specialized training courses that can get you started in a new career quickly or help you advance in your current career. These are noncredit courses—they do not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate, or academic transfer. Many of the Workforce & Continuing Education courses can lead to a nationally recognized certificate or state credential.

Victoria College is a public, open-admission college.
+Additional admission requirements are necessary for this course or program.
++This is a selective admissions program. Please refer to the VC Catalog.

*Source: emsi Career Coach 2013
**Salary data obtained using local sources.

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